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Old March 7th, 2016, 10:27 AM   #1
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7 really surprising health benefits from smoking cannabis

Cannabis is one of the most useful plants on Earth. It's a travesty that governments and churches have demonized this plant, though it makes sense in that governments and churches are some of the evilest organizations on the planet.

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7 really surprising health benefits from smoking cannabis

Anti-drug activists think that a few puffs on a joint will turn you into a red-eyed, unemployed psychopath – probably for life.

But is marijuana actually that bad for you?

With several American states having decriminalised the herb for personal use, scientists have suddenly had the chance to see what cannabis actually does on a mass scale.

And guess what? Cannabis actually has some VERY surprising health benefits. Here’s a few.

1) Smoking weed makes you thinner – or at least less likely to be obese

You might not think it after you’ve watched a munchie-struck stoner devour an entire KFC family bucket in one go, but dope smokers are less likely to be obese.

A study in the journal Obesity found that regular weed smokers are less likely to be obese than non-smokers.

The researchers from Conference of Quebec University Health Centers looked at 700 adults aged 18-74 – and found that cannabis users tend to have low body mass index scores (often taken as a sign of good health).

People with low BMIs tend to have less body fats and tend to be at lower risk for diabetes.

2) Marijuana can actually improve lung function

Smoking weed isn’t actually that bad for your lungs, and smokers actually have improved lung function when compared to both cigarette smokers – and people who have never smoked either.

The researchers, writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, say that the big drags taken by weed smokers may actually ‘train’ lungs to be more efficient.

3) It can increase creativity

A 2012 study in Consciousness and Cognition found that marijuana made people more creative – at least in terms of how well they used language.

The researchers said, ‘We investigated the effects of cannabis smoked naturalistically on schizotypy and divergent thinking, a measure of creativity.

‘One hundred and sixty cannabis users were tested on 1 day when sober and another day when intoxicated with cannabis.

‘Cannabis increased verbal fluency in low creatives to the same level as that of high creatives.’

4) Weed can help athletes perform better

Gordy Megroz of Outside conducted his own study after noting the number of athletes who credit marijuana use for increased performance and recovery.

And however unscientific you deem his little self-experiment to be, he found that he performed better on the treadmill and was less sore after a heavy squat session.

‘I do a heavy squat session while high, which would normally leave me sore for two days, but I’m surprisingly fresh 24 hours later,’ he wrote. ‘Even when not stoned, other aches and pains seem to dissipate, too.

‘Studies have shown that the drug has an anti-inflammatory effect, which is one reason why medical marijuana is so prevalent.’

Because of marijuana’s illegality in most places, hard research is still hard to come by.

5) Cannabis can kill cancer cells

In what could be a key moment for advocates of legal cannabis, the U.S. government has admitted that the drug can shrink cancer cells.

In a page of official government advice, the U.S. government now says,, ‘Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory.’

The site says that the effect has so far been seen in rodent studies, and cautions, ‘At this time, there is not enough evidence to recommend that patients inhale or ingest Cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy.’

Cancer Research UK warns patients that so far, there is no evidence that cannabis extracts can be used as a treatment.
More: 7 surprising health benefits that come from weed smoking | Metro News
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I suspect we'll be seeing a large number of these type of articles. I've long said the main reason it wasn't legalized earlier is the government couldn't figure out how to tax and regulate it.

The answer has come in the form of large corporations. I just watched a show about how small farmers are being systematically forced out of the business by large companies. Heavily funded investors have bought up politician who are writing laws making or keeping it illegal for small farmers to grow crops. Effectively creating semi-monopolies for a hand full of chosen companies to reap huge profits and of course pay taxes !!!!!

Now that they can control it and, more importantly, make money from it, we're going to see an long line of feel good fluff pieces about the benefits of pot.
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I would post IT's picture of the guy doing bong hits if I could....LOL
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Low BMI is overrated.

Why the Body Mass Index (BMI) is a Poor Measure of Your Health | Obesity Panacea

Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus : NPR


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Interestingly, however, there was a modest but statistically significant increase in airway resistance and reduction in specific airway conductance in smokers of marijuana compared with both nonsmokers and tobacco smokers.
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This all suggests that hyperinflation may be one of the primary physiological abnormalities in marijuana smokers. The increased airway resistance and reduced conductance is consistent with mucosal edema and inflammation, which has been observed in the large airways of marijuana smokers.
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In addition to variable changes in lung function, there have been numerous case reports of an association between marijuana smoking and bullous lung disease in relatively young subjects. Commonly, these bullae are located apically and appear to be associated with normal lung function in some cases, though severe impairment has also been noted. Subjects were mainly aged 20–45 years, although one subject was 19 years of age, and another was 55. Unfortunately, it is difficult to separate marijuana use from tobacco smoking which does confound these reports. Nevertheless, there appears to be an association between bullous disease and marijuana use in a subset of patients. Aldington et al. also found evidence of reduced lung density on high-resolution CT (HRCT) scanning in marijuana smokers, although in this case without macroscopic emphysema. It is possible that these changes are in part responsible for the common presentation of spontaneous pneumothoraces in marijuana smokers, although pneumothoraces are not at all uncommon in young, healthy nonsmokers. It has also been suggested that barotraumas associated with large pulmonary pressure swings seen with breath holding and deep inspiration may contribute to the risk of pneumothoraces.
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Here we go again. Just when the corner is getting turned for legalization of marijuana ,another half baked pot is the wonder drug claim pops up. Stop saying that bullshit. It just invites more and more opinion and study. This is the best argument for legalization.

1. Legalize pot because I want to get high without going to jail.
2. Pot is less harmful than alcohol.
3. It is taxable.
4. Have a nice day.
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Here we go again. Just when the corner is getting turned for legalization of marijuana ,another half baked pot is the wonder drug claim pops up. Stop saying that bullshit. It just invites more and more opinion and study. This is the best argument for legalization.

1. Legalize pot because I want to get high without going to jail.
2. Pot is less harmful than alcohol.
3. It is taxable.
4. Have a nice day.
You forgot one;

5) It will piss off a self loathing square like Excalibur.

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You forgot one;

5) It will piss off a self loathing square like Excalibur.

That is irrelevant in the greater scheme of things. But, claiming pot is the wonder drug, that all the founding fathers including George Washington were high all the time and lets not forget you can make anything in the world out of pot is utter bullshit. What that does do is gives squares like ex ammunition by being able to call bullshit to half baked claims.
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Cannabis is one of the most useful plants on Earth. It's a travesty that governments and churches have demonized this plant, though it makes sense in that governments and churches are some of the evilest organizations on the planet.



More: 7 surprising health benefits that come from weed smoking | Metro News
I don't have a link but many years ago a medical study was done expressly to find a link between pot smoking and lung cancer but no link was found. People keep trying to demonize pot but to no avail. I have smoked pot since 1973 after coming back from Vietnam. I never called in sick to work. I advanced up the ladder quickly on every job I held. I never beat my wife or children.
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That is irrelevant in the greater scheme of things. But, claiming pot is the wonder drug, that all the founding fathers including George Washington were high all the time and lets not forget you can make anything in the world out of pot is utter bullshit. What that does do is gives squares like ex ammunition by being able to call bullshit to half baked claims.
Nope, the claims are not utter bullshit and squares like ex are a lost cause. They'll have to pass on in good time....

Cannabis anti-cancer properties have been suspected since the 70s, and who knows? If all the holier-than-thous hadn't been screaming reefer madness for all these years, cannabis-based cancer therapy might today be a common practice.

You see, it is is a wonder plant, and that makes all the claims of it being the Devil's weed "utter bullshit."
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